Tuesday’s Top Ten Books To Read

Hi All!

Tuesday again. I’m not a big fan of Tuesday’s….I find them worse than Monday’s, is that weird? I feel like Monday is OK as it is the start of a brand new week and then Tuesday comes around and the weekend feels forever away and you realize every week is the same haha. Oh well, here is Tuesday’s list for you, today featuring books I want to read. These are all high on my list of many many books to be read, for the almost full list go add me on Goodreads. I love being able to keep books I want to read all on a giant list, other wise I just lose all the recommendations and what not that I receive and just end up choosing random books, often ones I have already read, once I finish a book. So in no particular order…

1. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire book 2) by George R. R. Martin.

2. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

3. Inferno by Dan Brown

4. The Passage by Justin Cronin

5. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

6. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

8. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millenium #2) by Stieg Larsson

9. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

10. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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SampleBar Glam Pack for June

Hi All!

Hope everyone in the southern hemisphere is surviving the freezing weather at the moment!! I am combating the cold weather with slow cooked curries. Last month my Sample bar box may have not been posted….sorry! It was a fine box but I wasn’t super excited and was rather busy. Having said that (spoiler alert) this month wasn’t super amazing either. Having said that let me show you what was included this month.

So this month’s theme was Winter Rescue (and boy do I need it) and fittingly, the first thing that fell out of the box was this recipe for a Gingerbread sticky toffee pudding (which is one of my favorite deserts ever…Pretty keen to try it out!). I kindly included a photo of the recipe so you can all try it! Let me know if you do 🙂
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On to the actual products, the first TLC product I saw was what looked like another travel tower of skin care. Although the idea is awesome, I don’t go travelling much (I wish) so I wasn’t super excited. Having said that it is still a great way to sample a line of skin care from a brand I have never heard before. This brand is Moreish and the tower includes day cream, night cream, eye cream and salvation balm. Straight up, I have tried all 4 and am rather impressed. This is another New Zealand brand that uses argan oil and local ingredients to create skin care that is perfect for winter. The full size of these products range from $24.99 to 34.99 and can be found at mot pharmacies.

Next up was a 50mL sample of Joico K-PAK Reconstruct for damaged hair. I am not big on hair care, I probably should be but I am not. I don’t get excited about hair samples and have no idea about most haircare brands so hopefully this one is a winner. This sample is a decent size (full size is 150mL, $32.00) so hopefully I can get a good feel for how well this strengthens my hair.

The only full size product was a Natural Glow Luscious Lips Shimmer Gloss in the shade Sugar Rose. First up, this brand feels really outdated to me… I was pretty unimpressed to be honest as I have grown to expect lots of trendy new brands and products whilst this lip gloss feels like they are trying to get rid of stock…The lip gloss itself is pretty average. The colour looks okay, a mid-toned pink however it’s a little frosty and glittery for me. The only positive to this lip gloss is the smell of cake batter which is definitely pleasant. Not a big winner for me sadly and at $25.00 from the Samplebar website I won’t be rushing to buy more.

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Okay last up in terms of “real” products is a set of 4 sachet samples for the DermaLab skin care range. This range is affordable ($14.99-20.99) and another line from a New Zealand brand including nice stuff like Manuka Honey. I received 4 of their 5 products in their rescue regime. This included the cleanser, moituriser, shampoo and conditioner. All of these are great for sensitive and dry skin (which sums up my skin, especially in winter). As happy as I am trying out more skincare I feel like maybe one brand being featured with 4 products would have been enough and maybe something different would have been more interesting. I’m also not a fan of sachet samples as you only get one or two uses and they are a bit of a pain. Oh well.

So the very last “product” was a sample bar eye mask….Not super exciting but I guess il try using it. Apparently retails for $6.00 but to me this felt like an extra and didn’t contribute much to the box.

So that was kind of negative….It wasn’t a terrible box…I liked the skin care sample tower and the Joico hair reconstructor might be good but all in all this is my least favorite SampleBar box so far. Too much skin care, crappy full size lip gloss and just overall pretty meh. Sorry if this sounds a bit whingey! I am still a fan of SampleBar and hopeful that next month brings a more fulfilling box. If you are a subscriber please let me know how you felt about the products you received this month! Check out the SampleBar website to learn more.

See you soon with a hopefully happier post!

Xx

Tuesday’s Top 6 Winter Lip Products

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Hi All!
Here’s Tuesday’s Top list, this week is winter lip products. This is definitely not an exhaustive list but just a few favourites I thought I would share! Swatches at the bottom 🙂

1. Revlon Balm Stain in Honey
This is a favourite year round and one of my holy grail lip products. A gorgeous my lips but better moisturising lip stain that is long lasting and incredibly easy to wear. The warmth of this nude pink is what I think makes it so wearable and gorgeous in Winter.

2. Natio lipstick in Vintage Rose
Okay so here is where I admit that I bought this based on the name…luckily the colour is gorgeous and another beautiful light shade that works perfectly for winter. A warm mid toned pink with a lttle bit of a peach undertone (not as peachy as the swatch however) this is another great my lips but better shade. The formula is moisturising which is always a key point for me in these cold months.

3. Maybelline Colour Sensational in Let Me Pink
I love the formula of these lipsticks by Maybelline and this recent addition to my collection is perfect for winter as it is a rich deep pink with a warm brown undertone. Dark but still easy to pull off and moisturising makes this a new favourite.

4. Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie
I love the lip butter’s by Revlon and this deep berry pink is vibrant but still dark and a gorgeous colour for winter. Super pigmented, incredibly moisturising and still pretty long lasting. I like the ability to wear it as sheer but glossy or rich and pigmented. A consistent favourite.

5. MUA Lipstick in Shade 3
One staple for winter is a deep red and this incredible lipstick (which cost 1 pound!!!!) is a perfect choice. This red is dark but still has a beautiful brightness to its lush deep wine colour. Another great formula that isn’t drying and lasts well throughout the day without shifting around too much.

6. Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia
In case you haven’t realised dry lips in winter is pretty common for me so I am a religious user of a thick hydrating lip balm as often as possible through out the day. This year the new Nivea lip butters are my moisturiser of choice and they do the job well (and smell darn delicious too)
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So there are my top 6 lip products for this season. What are your favourite lip products for winter?
Xx

Torn over a Night Cream: Product review

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Today I bring you my thoughts on a night cream I have been trialling over the last couple of weeks. This night repair cream by geoskincare was a full size product I received in a SampleBar a couple of months ago and I was excited to give it a go. Being described as moisture rich and highly hydrating I saved this for winter when my sensitive dry skin freaks out and rebels against me. So how did this night cream fare against my challenging skin type?

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The Pros
This cream doesn’t lie. It delivers great moisture and hydration in a rather unique formula that is thick an deeply moisturising without being greasy or leaving an unpleasant residue.
This night cream worked wonders on my skin and turned it from dry and irritated to soft and hydrated. Needless to say I was happily surprised that it worked so great, so quickly.
I also love that is brand is local and certified organic, paraben free and not tested on animals, all big ticks in my book.

The Cons
Okay so this review started with me stating I was torn in the title so it can’t all be amazing. I have two issues with this night cream that prevent me from denying my everlasting, undying love for it. First off, and most strangely, is the fact this night cream really irritates my eyes. It has a strong smell which I don’t mind but I feel like perhaps whatever natural fragrances create that aroma may be what is irritating my eyes if it gets too close. I have to be careful when applying it to avoid half an hour of continuous whining. The first time this happened I was was rather shocked as night creams don’t normally have this affect…I also know I’m not the only one this happened to so it worries me slightly that I can’t figure out what causes it.
The only other negative for this product is the price (being the tight, cheap ex-student that I am). $43.92 is more than I would generally pay for a night cream however it could be worse.

The Final Verdict
All in all if price was the only negative, this may have become a new holy grail part of my everyday routine. As it stands, due to weird sensitivity issues, I do hesitate in forking out the $44. Have said that, once this 50mL tube is finished I will find it hard to return to my $10 supermarket
night creams…and if I have a weak moment this may end up being repurchased due to it’s pretty incredible skills at fighting the negative effects winter has on my poor face.

Have any of you tried this night cream?

Tuesday’s Top 10 Ways I Relax

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1. Light a candle and meditate (I am terrible at real meditation but trying is still relaxing. Thinking of nothing is really hard!).

2. Face masks. Usually hydrating ones, especially at this time of the year. Forces me to sit for ten minutes and chill.

3. Bake cupcakes, bake cookies, bake brownies. Just bake. With some music that I can sing along terribly to.

4. Paint my nails. I do this 3 times a week and love taking an hour out of my day to take care of my nails with a manicure whilst watching YouTube videos in the background.

5. Take a really long, hot shower. If I could I would take a bath with a bunch of Lush products but being in my current cupboard flat a shower is the next best thing.

6. Drink tea. This is another common occurrence but having a big pot of herbal tea when I come home after work instantly calms me down and makes me feel more relaxed.

7. Clean…I can’t be the only one who stress cleans right? I don’t know why the only time I enjoy cleaning is when I am stressed but I find it very effective to offload with a bunch of cleaning products, a free weekend and some noisy music.

8. Read. The one thing I have always done since I can remember to relax and escape from the real world was read fiction. It still remains he easiest way for me to escape reality and remove myself from the stresses of daily life.

9. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything intense, anything from a session at the local gym to a long, slow walk through he neighbourhood at dusk rejuvenates me and is especially good for settling my sleep patterns.

10. Cat cuddles. Even if Callie isn’t willing I can usually coax her into a brief cuddle session and nothing works better than some feline love. Thanks Callie xx

How do you relax and unwind after a stressful day?

A Bunch of May Favourites

 

 

 

Hi All!

So its that time of the month for some very overdue favourites! Today’s post will include both my makeup/beauty favourites as well as a few random other bits and pieces that have made May enjoyable.

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This was a gift from my lovely friend Karen (she knows I have a slight obsession with Foxes…) and I saved this for the colder weather due to its rich, jasmine and honey scent. Lately I have been loving lathering up with this shower gel and although the scent is strong, the lingering honey smell is rather divine and luscious.

2. Covergirl Nature Luxe in Hibiscus
I picked up this product at a makeup clearance last month for a very small amount of money and somehow it ended up being what I wore most days. I hadn’t heard of this range before but it says it is a gloss balm and I find it to be similar to a Revlon Lip Butter in that it is moisturizing, glossy with a buildable pigmentation. Hibiscus is a nice berry toned pink that comes across as a my lips but better type of shade for me. Easy to apply, easy to wear and perfect for everyday work routines.

3. Rimmel Powder Blush in Autumn Catwalk
Another purchase from the makeup sale was this new blush that I thought could work well for Autumn. It isn’t the best blush in the world but I have enjoyed using this, sometimes in combination with other basic blushes. This one by Rimmel is a combination of a matte pink, a shimmery pink and a darker brown-toned pink. Together it creates a warm-toned pink shade that is sheer but buildable and adds only a small amount of shimmer that looks quite natural on the cheeks.

4. Garnier BB Cream in Light
This is a big favorite for last month has been this BB cream that receives rather mixed reviews. For me this formula works really well as it isn’t drying on my skin, has buildable coverage yet looks natural. I already have a backup for this nearly empty tube and feel it will continue to be a staple in my everyday makeup routine when I can’t be bothered wearing proper foundation (which is 90% of the time).

5. OPI Nail Polish in Malaga Wine
This is a classic favourite of mine that I pulled out for the autumn/winter months. This rich burgundy is dark but still vibrant and has a gorgeous formula that makes application a dream. For more autumn nail polish check out some other favourites.

Other favourites include this new tea involving Strawberry pavlovas (need I say more? Sweet enough to feel like a real treat), home made dahl on cold nights, the 2 hour finale of My Kitchen Rules that felt a little like the end of an era, the new App from A beautiful mess that is all the rage right now it seems and big, warm burgundy coloured scarves that keep me warm on early morning walks to the bus.

What have you been loving lately?